Ideas for design educators
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Issue 18   |   December 2000   |   updated 12/14/00  

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new! Visual Communication Design
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Assistant professor, tenure-track, salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Responsibilities: teach undergraduate and graduate courses, with emphasis on digital media, web design, and interactive and motion graphics. Qualifications: MFA or equivalent professional experience. Prior university teaching preferred. Preferential deadline Jan. 31, 2001. Screening will continue until position is filled.
    Contact: Li Zhang,

new! New Media Design & Imaging
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
Assistant professor, tenure-track, salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Responsibilities: teach major courses, curriculum development, professional development. Qualifications: MFA in visual communications, including interactive media; professional experience; teaching experience at college level. Review of applications begins Jan. 31, 2001 and continues until position is filled.
    Contact: Prof. Nancy Ciolek, 716-475-2668

new! Visual Communication Design/Interaction Design
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Regular nine-month tenure track appointment, rank and salary negotiable depending on experience and qualifications. Review of applicants begins Dec. 1, 2000, and will proceed until position is filled.
     Contact: Paul Nini,

new! Graphic Design/Multimedia
    The Georgia State University School of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA
Tenure-track position, salary and rank open, dependent upon qualifications and experience. Seeking a designer to teach undergraduate and graduate design courses in Graphic Design Program and to help develop a new interdisciplinary graduate program in multimedia design. Qualifications: MFA or comparable in Graphic Design or Visual Communications; university level teaching experience preferred; Macintosh proficiency; demonstrated ability to pursue research/professional work at national level required. Deadline: Jan. 15, 2001.
     Contact: Liz Throop,

new! Digital/Graphic Design
    Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Assistant professor, tenure-track, salary commensurate with experience, starting August 2001. Primary responsibilities will be teaching digital imaging and graphic design. Desired skills include multimedia, web site design, motion graphics and graphic design history. Other teaching responsibilities may include foundations and art appreciation. Applicant should have a strong commitment to teaching. Participation in creative/scholarly activity and departmental and university service is expected. Deadline: Jan. 5, 2001.

new! Visual Communication Design
    The University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Assistant professor, tenure-track, starting September 2001. Nationally recognized visual communications program seeks a designer/educator to teach all levels of comprehensive curriculum, foundation through graduate. Masters degree in design or an allied field required. Preference given to candidates specializing in one or more of: typography, history, identity, information design, environmental design, multimedia design, interactive programs, design research. Preference given to applications received before Jan. 5, 2001.
     Contact: Karen Cheng, 

Graphic Design Faculty
   The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.
Fulltime position, rank dependent on experience. MFA in Graphic Design (or professional equivalent) required, 2 yrs. professional experience plus some college-level teaching. Candidate must have ability to teach broad range of undergraduate courses, including either interactive or time-based media. Preference given to applications received by Jan. 15, 2001.
Design Search, The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley College,
    700 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02215

Assistant Professor(s), Digital Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design
   School of Design, University of Cincinnati.
Master's degree required; teaching and/or professional experience, outstanding design research potential preferred. Candidates should demonstrate sophisticated design understanding, commitment to higher education, and potential for continuing contributions through practice and/or research. Application deadline Jan. 3, 2001.
    Contact: Chair, Design Search Committee, School of Design, College of DAAP, Univ. of Cincinnati, PO Box 210016, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016

Assistant Professor, Digital Media Artist/Designer
   California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.
MFA and college level teaching required. Must be prepared to teach both theoretical and technical aspects of time based digital media. Also required: knowledge of criticism/theory as applied to digital art; awareness of the changing roles of virtual environments and of evolving digital media.
    Contact: Joseph Coates, 805-756-2446,

Assistant Professor
   University of California - Santa Cruz.
eeking innovative artist to teach all levels of electronic art, special topics in interactive technologies, foundation courses and art seminars. MFA or equivalent professional qualifications. Knowledge of Macintosh environment required.

New Media Artist/Graphic Design
   University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Tenure-track, full-time. Requirements: MFA preferred; BA + 3-5 yrs. related experience, expertise with Macintosh computers & software. Responsibilities include development/teaching of Internet/web design, interactive and motion graphics, and/or video courses.
      Contact: Marna Brauner, or Glen Powell, 414-229-6054.

Multimedia Faculty
   Los Angeles Mission College.
Tenure-track. Requirements: BA + 2 yrs. related experience in multimedia industry or Associate degree + 6 yrs. experience; classroom competency, leadership, expertise, and in-depth technical knowledge.

      Contact: Office of Personnel Operations, Los Angeles Mission College, 213-891-2211 or

[To list an opening here, send information to Al Wasco, editor.]


new! The Designer as Author: Entrepreneurism in the Digital Age
March 2-3, 2001, New York City
The MFA Design department at the School of Visual Arts will host a symposium to examine the next stage of graphic design: authorship, entrepreneurism, and content creation. The message is the medium and bringing ideas to fruition for an audience is the key. SPEAKERS: Stefan Sagmeister, Bruce Mau, Peter Girardi, Maira Kalman, David Small, and many more. Each will present their work and discuss their creative, technological, and business approaches. The audience will have an opportunity to discuss the possibilities inherent in "authorship" in the broadest sense of the term.
   Information: Steven Heller & Lita Talarico: 212-592-2600

Creating for Convergence/Designing for Divergence
Various dates, Oct. 2000-April 2001, Los Angeles, CA.

Annenberg Center for Communication presents a dialogue series on the challenges of creating entertainment content in a multi-platform world, hosted by Celia Pearce.
    Contact Celia Pearce at (213) 743-1945 or email

Computers in Art & Design Education
April 9-12, 2001, Glasgow, Scotland
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new! Type Directors Club Exhibition
47th annual competition, "Type Ascending." Electronic media categories include: TV commercials, video/movie titles, multimedia, internet, interactive computer graphics. Special category for student work with cash awards for three winners. Deadline: Jan. 5, 2001.

new! I.D. Magazine Interactive Media Design Review
Annual competition showcasing the best interface and multimedia designs of the past year. Winning projects will be featured in the June 2001 issue of ID Magazine. Categories include Websites, disk media, software, games, kiosks/installations, experimental and student work. Deadline: Jan. 8, 2001.

The "ideal" design history and criticism curriculum
The AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) wants to find two examples of the "ideal" curriculum for a program that will address the nexus between design history and criticism. We are asking that you submit a proposal for what it should be. Two selected syllabi will be presented by the authors in a special session at the Looking Closer conference in NYC, Feb. 2001.
    Information: Steven Heller,
    Alice Twemlow,

[To be listed here, send information to Al Wasco, editor.]


new! Interactive Graphic Design projects
Diana Black, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN

New Media on the Web: Course Syllabi (website)
Dr. Paul Martin Lester, Professor, California State University, Fullerton

Web Design Midterm Project
Al Wasco, Cleveland State University

Introduction to Interactive Design
Al Wasco, Herron School of Art

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new! Tag, teams, and "The List"
Designer and former teacher Cindy Lowrey shares ideas for getting students more involved in critiques.

5 tips for better critiques
Do your students dread critiques? (Do you?) Read about how you can make critiques productive and fun. Be sure to read Bruce Cline's article below, too.

Evaluating student work  
Types of critiques and how to use them, by Dr. Bruce Cline, Chair of the Photography Department at Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, OH
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Designing experiences, not objects.
If design is becoming more about creating experiences, what should replace educational traditions that emphasize objects and designers rather than audiences and their experiences? Written by Meredith Davis, North Carolina State University.
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Guidelines for faculty teaching in computer-based media in fine art & design
With new software, new hardware, and new courses coming along all the time, do you feel like you have way too much to do? The College Art Association (CAA) agrees. Faculty & administrators need to read this report.

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Technology thresholds in Graphic Design programs
What should design students be learning about new media; how should faculty and institutions respond to new demands? Excerpts from a report by American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD)
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